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Thanks for clicking by the Blog today! I'm Andrea and the photographer behind the lens of Shining Moments Photography in Sycamore, Illinois. I have a guilty obsession with Starbucks + Instagram and specialize in Teens, High School Seniors and Headshots.

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It’s Easy to Do…Have You Tried It? | Teen Photographer Sycamore Illinois

What’s easy, you ask? Building others up. Kindness. Positivity! 

Those are just some of the values I seek to impart to my senior and teen clients every year. There’s enough negative images and ideas coming at teens and high schoolers these days, that I feel cheering them on is definitely something I am passionate about. Every chance I get to build up a teen’s self-confidence and self-worth…well, I’m all over it. So, I created a mini-shoot as a reminder to be kind, fearless, and supportive of others; as a way to look for the positives instead of the negatives.

As I was planning and dreaming up this encouraging session, I bought five different shirts, each with a beautiful message. I had the girls each pick the one that ‘spoke’ to them. Then, we sat down together before our shoot and got real and raw…never an easy task, even for me! I wanted every one of these inspiring teens to write down a quality they love about themselves. No matter our looks, size, talents, or achievements, I want girls to feel good about their own strengths and learn to celebrate them in others. It doesn’t take much to be kind. It takes a small, sincere laugh, a compliment, or even just a passing smile to boost someone’s spirits. It really is easy!

“The amazing thing about love and attention and encouragement and grace and success
and joy is that these things are infinite. We get a new supply every single morning and
so we can give it away all day. We never, ever have to monitor the supply of others
or grab or hoard. There will be more in the morning and it will be enough.”
-Glennon Melton Doyle

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Shining Moments Photography specializes in teen, senior, and family photography and serves Sycamore, Illinois and the surrounding areas with their unique portrait brand.

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Andrea, Shining Moments Photography, is located in Sycamore, Illinois and specializes in modern high school senior portraits sessions that highlights your individual sparkle! SMP offers other fun sessions as well. So click around for a few minutes + take a peek at just a few past sessions.